My partner and I have a 16 hectare organic farm in Cooktown.
We have many pet animals including a dog, two horses, chickens and ducks.
I am a wildlife carer so we currently have orphaned native animals which we need help caring for. The number varies depending on releases. Currently we have 12 joeys, 1 magpie goose, curlew, dino bird (AKA - Friar bird) in care. Have gap in helping July until September 2019.
I am a teacher and Rick is a builder so you will be home alone at times. Help needed gardening and feeding the orphans.
Help in the house
You will be able to experience life on a typical Australian farm. Help with daily chores including feeding animals. Home cooked meals include traditional Australian meals such as camp oven stew and dumplings, chicken curry made from fresh herbs, fresh vegetables and seasonal fruit. Historical Cooktown is 20km away and offers many tourist attractions. There is an opportunity to go fishing in our boat depending on the weather. Great bird watching and walks along the river.
Get to meet and help with orphaned animals.
Help with gardening and planting. This includes: planting seedlings, mowing, weeding, mulching, setting up irrigation.
Help with general household chores. Cleaning, cooking. We have a dishwasher.
Help with feeding, toileting orphan animals.
Accommodation is in a liveable shed. We lived there for five years prior to building other accommodation. Queen bed with mossie net. You will get an occasional microbat flying though and native geckos (cute little lizards) in your accommodation. Both eat insects including mosquitoes and spiders so we are very tolerant of them. Completely harmless to you but if you have phobias about this type of animal this possibly is not the place for you.
Good wifi access. Not so good mobile reception.
We are flexible with your time off and Cooktown is well worth a visit. Historic Cooktown became a thriving port during the gold rush era after it was discovered by Captain James Cook when the HMS Endeavour hit a reef in 1770. Stroll through the town and you will get a sense of its prosperous past from the handmade stone guttering lining the wide streets and the graceful, well-preserved architecture.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week